You won't see this everyday; a Jaguar walking right in front of you.
All grown up: Sasha, the ocelot.
Sometimes the trophy cam can surprise you too: Jaguar encounter in Kabalebo, Suriname.
Time to move on; Sasha becoming a stranger for Lotje.
This is Lilith, Lotje's 5th child. Next ocelot's generation in plain view.
Something that started out of curiosity has now turned into a study: observing wild ocelots.
A great understanding between Mother and Daughter.
The Jaguar is one of the wild cats of the Amazon that everyone likes to see, but there are other wild cats too.
When no one is looking, this is what Lotje is doing during the night.
Here is Lotje with her fourth kitten.
Last year, 2016, I had written about Lotje being a mom again for the fourth time. After months of waiting patiently Lotje was ready to bring her fourth kitten to the feeder. On January 3, 2017 just before I put the food for her on her buffet I noticed not one, but 2 pairs of eyes reflecting from my headlight. I thought that I was imagining seeing double, but when I was at the feeder I couldn't believe it. There she was with her fourth kitten.
After giving birth I didn't see Lotje with her young at the feeder the first few months, so I got a little bit worried that it was possible that she lost her young somehow (sickness or ambush by a larger predator). But it seems that Lotje had other plans in mind.
As you can clearly see in the picture the little one was not yet comfortable with my presence, but Lotje was. It is also noticeable that she decided to first get this little one used to the wild and after months of being taught the fine art of survival, she finally approved to go together to the feeder.
Lotje, the resident ocelot, likes to share her food with her cubs. How about with other animals not related to her?
Lotje, our resident ocelot, is once again a mother.
Junior is a big boy now and even appears during broad day light.
In this article we take a look back of how fast Katja, the ocelot, had grown up.
It has been a while since I last wrote about puma sightings near the resort. Here is an update for 2016:
The first time that Lotje brought her youngest cub to the feeder was way back, October 20, 2015 to be precisely. A young cub still exploring his new surroundings. Now 4 months later he is at ease. Here is an update on Junior's progress.
Lotje shows her cubs who's wearing the pants in the house. In other words, always respect your mother.
Spotje, the second cub of Lotje, is a young adult now. Occasionally she still comes by to the feeder. Here we are looking back at her ongoing progress.
For nearly 3 years now I have been feeding and observing wild ocelots near the lodge. One of the frequent visitors is Lotje, a caring ocelot mom who surely deserves the mother-of-the-year award.